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Nebraska Launches Investigation Into Carhart's Abortion Business

Request for investigation part of campaign to block Carhart from opening an international late-term abortion mill in the U.S.

Contact: Troy Newman, President, 316-841-1700; Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor, 316-516-3034; both with Operation Rescue, info@operationrescue.org  
LINCOLN, Neb., Aug. 18 /Christian Newswire/ -- Operation Rescue has received written confirmation from the Nebraska Attorney General's office that a request for a comprehensive investigation into late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart's abortion business has been directed to the Nebraska Department of Health and Environment where the progress of that agency's investigation will be monitored by the Attorney General's office.

"We asked for an investigation, and we are getting one. This alone is a victory," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. Joining Operation Rescue in making the request was the Christian Defense Coalition of Washington, DC, Nebraskans United For Life, and Rescue the Heartland.

"This is the first step down a road that could lead to the revocation of Carhart's medical license or even criminal charges," said Newman.

This news comes just days after Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas, issued a written statement in response to a petition launched by Operation Rescue, indicating that they would not make a transfer agreement with an abortion clinic should one attempt to open in the community. Carhart has indicated that Wichita, Kansas, is his first choice to open an international late-term abortion clinic to replace George Tiller's closed facility. Operation Rescue was assured that Carhart would not be granted hospital privileges at Wesley.

"We are opposing Carhart's plans in at least two states now, and are monitoring several other states for any indication that he may be shifting his plans elsewhere," said Newman. "Our goal is to use the legal means at our disposal to block Carhart from opening a late-term abortion mill that would draw women from every state and from around the world for abortions that are illegal in their areas, and perhaps put him out of business altogether."

Carhart has become the national spokesperson for post-viability abortions, which take place late in pregnancy when the baby is able to survive outside the womb. Polls show that the vast majority of Americans oppose such abortions.

"We have additional information that we plan to forward to the NDHE that should be of further assistance in their investigation," said Newman. "Carhart is a danger to the public and we believe that this investigation will prove that."

The investigation request and Wesley petition were part of the "Keep it Closed" campaign that will include an event in the Omaha, Nebraska area on August 28-29.

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Operation Rescue is one of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the nation.  Operation Rescue recently made headlines when it bought and closed an abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas and has become the voice of the pro-life activist movement in America.  Its activities are on the cutting edge of the abortion issue, taking direct action to restore legal personhood to the pre-born and stop abortion in obedience to biblical mandates.